A Waka Odyssey

Our Sustainable Future

05 February 2018

Climate change is our future normal. Watch as we explore the need to care for our earth in Day Five of our digital Waka Odyssey.

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Waka Odyssey Sustainable Future Watch video

Vanessa Rushton

This stop motion video was created by students Olivia Edginton, Julia Hope and Genevieve Rae at last year's content creation sprint, and uses paper, cellophane and ink to explore the relationship between waka and climate change action. 

The Pacific ocean and the island nations that lie within it are being impacted by rising sea levels and temperatures, storms of unprecedented scale, and environmental damage to underwater ecosystems. This is our future normal. 

Waka are first-hand witnesses to the way climate change is affecting the Pacific. This work’s aim is to provide a provocation to acknowledge that the earth sustains all life, including our own. We need to care for our earth, because she cares for us.  The Pacific is one of the regions of the world that felt the effects of climate change first. 

If you’re interested in learning more about climate change through a Pacific world view, you can find out more about the 2nd Pacific Climate Change Conference, 21 – 23 February. It brings together global thought leaders in climate change, leading scientists, indigenous thinkers, and representation from Pacific Island nations. Other Kupe Dreaming events (part three of A Waka Odyssey) you may be interested in include the expert panel talk, Oceans in Peril and the Kupe LandingPetone Beach Clean-up


Each day, starting  1 February 2018, we will share new videos and stories online so you too can join the journey in the lead up to the start of A Waka Odyssey, 23 Feb – 4 March 2018. Be part of the story via our website festival.co.nz/waka, on the New Zealand Festival's Facebook and Instagram pages, or using the hashtags #NZWaka and #NZFestival. 


Join in A Waka Odyssey celebrations at the spectacular theatrical extravaganza KupeFestival opening night set on Wellington's waterfront; the Kupe Landing: Petone Family Day – a fun beach party for all the whānau; and the Kupe Dreaming series of waka-themed community events and activities. 

Haere mai – Come on board.